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  1. April 25, 2012

    Time to say ‘basta’ to the nonsense of austerity

    Basta! After two years of reforms, Spaniards are all too familiar with the deadly ritual Europe’s strategy to fight the...

  2. April 13, 2012

    Doubts emerge over Spain’s leaders

    José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s Socialist former prime minister, was in power for more than four years before he...

  1. March 29, 2012

    Madrid commits to reforms despite strike

    Spain’s centre-right government said it would not be diverted from plans to liberalise the labour market and impose more...

  2. March 9, 2012

    Spain’s new government faces first strike

    Spain’s conservative government will face its first national general strike at the end of this month after trade unions...

  3. March 8, 2012

    Alarm sounds over Spain’s rising public debt

    In the years of economic crisis since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, Spanish leaders have always been able to...

  4. February 23, 2012

    Madrid presses EU to ease deficit targets

    Spain is pressing the European Commission to ease the country’s strict budget deficit target for this year, arguing that the...

  5. February 10, 2012

    Spain plans to shake up labour market

    Madrid has unveiled job market reforms hailed as the most radical in the country’s post-dictatorship history as it battles...

  6. February 5, 2012

    Spain’s new Socialist leader attacks Church

    Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba has been elected leader of Spain’s opposition Socialist party after threatening to reverse...

  7. January 31, 2012

    Garzón defends probe of Franco-era cases

    Baltasar Garzón, the prominent Spanish judge accused of criminal wrongdoing for investigating the disappearances of people...

  8. January 26, 2012

    Spanish business grows impatient for reforms

    After years of decrying as incompetent the former Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s business...

  9. January 10, 2012

    Rajoy warns of more austerity for Spain

    Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s centre-right prime minister, has broken nearly three weeks of public silence since taking office to...

  10. January 3, 2012

    The conundrum of Spanish unemployment

    Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s new centre-right prime minister, put job creation and economic growth at the top of his list of...

  11. January 1, 2012

    Europe’s leaders warn of tough 2012

    Europe’s leaders warned 2012 was likely to be tougher than 2011, when spiralling borrowing costs forced political change in...

  12. December 30, 2011

    Spain warns of deficit overshoot

    Spain’s centre-right government has warned that this year’s budget deficit is likely to reach 8 per cent of gross domestic...

  13. December 21, 2011

    Ex-Lehman chief to run Spain’s economy

    Spain’s new government has placed the economy in the hands of Luis de Guindos, former head of Lehman Brothers in Spain, as...

  14. December 19, 2011

    Spain’s Rajoy targets austerity and rapid reform

    Mariano Rajoy, the Popular party leader who takes over as Spanish prime minister on Wednesday, has unveiled a programme of...

  15. November 25, 2011

    Santander chief pardoned in 17-year-old case

    Alfredo Sáenz, chief executive of Santander, Spain’s biggest bank by assets, was on Friday granted an unusual pardon by the...

  16. November 21, 2011

    Rajoy begins task of taking on Europe

    Monday morning, back to work: speak to Angela Merkel. It was appropriate that one of the top diary items for Mariano Rajoy,...

  17. November 20, 2011

    Spain’s voice of fascism is barely a murmur

    Sitting outside a central Madrid bar, a group of middle-aged women are sipping on beers, loudly exchanging jokes to lift...

  18. November 20, 2011

    Rajoy sweeps to record victory in Spain

    Mariano Rajoy led Spain’s centre-right Popular party to the biggest election victory in its history on Sunday, consigning...

  19. November 17, 2011

    Spanish Communists in the ascendant

    Spanish business leaders generally dislike socialist politicians, let alone communists, so Cayo Lara drew an exceptionally...

  20. November 17, 2011

    Spain pushed to frontline of euro crisis

    Spain was thrust on to the frontline of the eurozone’s debt crisis on Thursday as investors forced its borrowing costs...

  21. November 17, 2011

    Rajoy poised for ‘Hail Mary’ manoeuvre

    For Mariano Rajoy, the candidate expected to win Spain’s general election on Sunday, any hopes of a post-election political...

  22. November 15, 2011

    Spain’s new government will ‘have to act quickly’

    Juan Roig, chairman of the family owned supermarket chain Mercadona, captured Spain’s mood with characteristic bluntness...

  23. November 13, 2011

    Rajoy set to become Spain’s next PM, polls show

    Mariano Rajoy, leader of Spain’s opposition Popular party (PP), is poised to win an overwhelming victory over the incumbent...

  24. November 8, 2011

    Rajoy cements lead in Spanish election debate

    Mariano Rajoy, leader of Spain’s opposition Popular party, consolidated his position as the likely winner of this month’s...

  25. November 4, 2011

    Poll predicts defeat for Spain’s Socialists

    Mariano Rajoy and his centre-right Popular party (PP) are set to win a crushing victory over the incumbent Socialists in the...

  26. October 20, 2011

    Basque militants lay down weapons

    The militant Basque separatist group Eta has announced the “definitive cessation of its military activity” after more than...

  27. October 4, 2011

    Politics: Opposition leader hopes his hour has finally come

    Mariano Rajoy, the unassuming and uncharismatic leader of Spain’s opposition Popular Party, has long been dismissed by the...

  28. October 4, 2011

    Unemployment: No agreement on how to fix dysfunctional jobs market

    Almost everyone in Spain accepts that unemployment is the country’s biggest economic problem, but there is scant agreement...

  29. October 4, 2011

    A nation looking for an escape

    It is a sign of the times in the crisis-stricken eurozone that Spain’s regular auctions of government bonds and treasury...

  30. FT Alphaville

    September 30, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and more from Friday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Time to think the unthinkable and start printing again It is the...

  31. September 6, 2011

    Spanish PM ‘feared bail-out’ in August

    José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish prime minister, told union leaders last month that the country had been perilously...

  32. September 2, 2011

    Spanish unemployment rises to 4.13m

    Spanish unemployment rose by more than 51,000 in August to reach 4.13m, the ministry of labour and immigration said on...

  33. September 1, 2011

    Spanish bond yields fall in auction

    Spain’s treasury sold €3.6bn of five-year sovereign bonds at moderate yields, amid continuing unease in eurozone financial...

  34. August 26, 2011

    Spanish parties agree debt and deficit limits

    Spain’s main political parties have agreed ambitious plans to limit public debt and budget deficits by changing the...

  35. August 23, 2011

    Zapatero proposes constitutional limit on deficit

    Spain will reform its constitution to limit the budget deficit and the level of public debt under a law proposed by José...

  36. August 21, 2011

    Spain: out of time

    The European Central Bank’s recent purchases of Spanish government bonds have taken some of the sting out of the country’s...

  37. August 19, 2011

    Spain seeks to boost ailing property market

    Spain’s government halved the tax on new home purchases on Friday in a fresh move aimed at stimulating the stricken property...

  38. August 16, 2011

    Spanish yields decline after ECB support

    Spain sold €5.7bn of treasury bills on Tuesday at higher prices than in previous auctions, as fears over the country’s...

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